Panama’s first lady during a parade to celebrate the 112th anniversary of the Central American country’s independence.
Mildred de Cubilla, a teacher at the Metropolitan Adventist School, gave the Bible released by the Adventist world church’s Women’s Ministries department to first lady Lorena Castillo de Valera as the first lady watched the parade with her husband, President Juan Carlos Valera.
“This is a Bible that the Adventist Church has prepared in a very special way for women,” Cubilla told the presidential couple as students from the Metropolitan Adventist School played their percussion instruments and marched to the beat of the band in front of the presidential palace during Panama’s annual independence celebration.
Students from the Metropolitan Adventist School playing during the march in front of the National Palace during Panama’s 112th anniversary celebration. (Angel Famiglieti / IAD)
“We wanted to give this to you so that it can be you main guide as you lead this country along with your husband,” she said, offering the Bible as a gift from the school.
Castillo de Valera later wrote on her Facebook page that she had prayed for a message from God when she opened the Bible to read it for the first time.
“I opened the Bible to Psalm 112 — 112 years of independence — it cannot be more clear,” she said. “The Lord continues to guide us. THANK YOU.”
Psalms 112 describes the blessed state of the righteousness and begins with the words: “Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever” (NKJV). More